Friday, September 11, 2015

On My Heart

I originally wrote this post last week, though it sat in my drafts folder until now as I wasn't quite ready to share it yet . . . .

This is not the post I had intended to write today . . . yet it is what is filling my heart and mind . . . today I went to the nursing home again, played the piano for awhile and then visited with the residents.

The first man I went over to was in a wheelchair, and after greeting him, we visited for a bit. Though when he began sharing his heart with me, I knelt down beside him. He laid his trembling hand on my shoulder as he shared . . . the pain since losing his wife, how the burden was so very heavy, how he didn't know how he was going to make it, the path was so full of rocks to try to climb over.

When asking him if he knew Jesus, he said that he did, but it wasn't really helping. I talked with him at length, sharing with him how much Jesus loves Him, that He died for him, that He wants to carry this very heavy burden for him. Scripture verses kept coming to mind that were shared . . .

"Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest"

"Blessed be the Lord who daily bears our burden"

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart . . . and He will direct your paths."

How God is "our Rock"


As we talked, I began to wonder if while he knew Christ, perhaps he may not really know Christ. (It was hard as I was having some difficulty hearing everything he was saying - how I wish I could have caught every word and knew better how to respond!)

Praying hard as we talked, I shared with him about sin and shared the gospel with him; and also encouraged him to trust in Jesus as his Savior and give this burden to Him and trust Him to help carry it for him.

I shared also about the beautiful heaven that awaits those who repent of their sin and trust in Christ to save them . . . a heaven with no more pain and sorrow, no tears, no sin.

This dear man shared much more with me, and I can't keep the tears from my eyes as I remember the tears slowly coursing down his cheeks, as words of sorrow and pain were spoken . . . as well as later, words of hope about trying to trust Christ and how Christ has indeed helped him this far.

Our conversation ended with me letting him know that I will be praying for him, and encouraging him that if he trusts in Christ as his Savior, He will carry him through, he'll make it! The path may be rough, but he can do it with Christ in his heart and helping him!


And so now I sit here typing . . . I can still hear his voice, see the tears in his eyes, hear words coming from a hurting heart, and my heart aches. There is so much suffering in this world. So much pain. So much sin. So many who do not know the Savior and who desperately need Him. And not just for this physical life which is so fleeting and but for a moment, but most importantly and eternally, for the eternal life that awaits each one of us after this body of flesh dies.

I know I have missed so many opportunities . . . and this was sobering to me; as well as hearing that a dear friend is likely going home to Jesus soon (she is now on hospice care.)

Life is very short . . . who knows if those we love or those who come in and out of our lives each day will be gone tomorrow?

Please, let us who know Him boldly proclaim Him and be witnesses for Him! Let us not be "ashamed of the gospel", but let us speak in love to those who need the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. Sharing with them the beautiful gospel of salvation which can alone save them from their sins and eternal separation from God . . . sharing with them about our great God and Father who loves them so very much. Who sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for them and to be their Lord and Savior if they will believe in Him, repenting of their sins and surrendering their lives to Him.

Let us also encourage those ones who do truly know Him, pointing always to our Savior. Life is hard, and what a great blessing an encouraging and edifying word is to our brothers and sisters in the Lord!

"How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!' " Romans 10:14-15

"Therefore strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed." Hebrews 12:12-13

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Since originally writing this post, guess who I was able to visit with again and who came over and joined me at the piano the next few times I went? This dear man! There was a change in his countenance and a joy in his face as I talked with him, and then also as dear E. and I sang along with the piano and he listened. And then afterwards when sharing about Jesus Christ with them once again, there was a smile on his face and in his eyes as he nodded his head emphatically. When I told him goodbye, he gave me a tight hug. It seems prayers are being answered, and I am eager to see him again and speak more with him!

9 comments:


  1. This is such a beautiful story! I am so very often inspired by your writings. May the LORD continue to bless you as you serve Him!

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  2. This was beautiful, Sarah. As each year passes, I have more and more empathy for the elderly. I'm so thankful that you're using your gifts and talents to minister to others this way! ♥

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  3. I'm so glad you had a chance to be a vessel of grace and love to this dear man!! I received a similar wake-up call this summer, as several of my very dearest friends were in a terrible car accident and very nearly lost their lives ... this is a heavy burden on my heart, as well, to make sure that I'm actively sharing the Gospel with the people who come into my life, because we truly never know when it might be the last time we see them. Thank you for sharing this beautiful and encouraging story!!

    Love in Christ,
    Vicki

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  4. Sarah dear, what a glorious story. You have helped to bring light into this dear man's world. Praise the Lord!

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  5. It is such a blessing to be able to use your talents to bring the Gospel to others. Bless you dear, Sarah.

    Mrs.B

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  6. You have such a beautiful heart! This story touched me in so many ways, thank you for sharing.

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  7. Sarah you never cease to amaze me with your openness about our glorious gospel. You are such an encouragement & also you bring a challenge to my own heart. May the Lord continue to bless you. Thank you x

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  8. What a wonderful opportunity for you Sarah. I understand your sadness so much. I've entered into the pain of people like that, and it hurts worse than almost anything else. Actually I learned an important lesson from my experience which I hope you don't mind me sharing here, about digging too deep into the pain of a lost soul. A lighthouse doesn't go out into the stormy waves to try to save the sinking ship. It stands firm in its place and shines. In my empathy and pain on someone else's behalf, I once entered too far into their dark troubles (alcoholism and mental illness) and like the stormy sea, its pain started to swallow me up. I tried with everything I had to rescue them, and I nearly sank. I learned so much from that. With all our love and pain on their behalf, there's a measure of distance we must keep. I also learned (and have to keep ON re-learning!) how completely the work is God's, not mine. Prayer is our greatest service to God and others. That's just what I learned by hard experience, not intended as a sermon :) I think you stand very firm, and shine brightly. Your believing heart is a beautiful thing, and makes me feel my own deficiencies. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Thank you all so much for your kind and encouraging comments! I am so thankful that God opened this door and is providing opportunities such as this!

    ~ Vicki . . . I am sorry to hear about your dear friends and their accident! It is wonderful to hear, though, how the Lord used that incident to touch your heart and encourage you to be actively sharing the gospel with people in your life. I hope doors of opportunity will open for you as you speak His truth of the gospel with others!

    ~ Rena . . . thank you for your wise words of caution, and no, I did not mind at all you sharing! I appreciated it. I really liked the analogy of the lighthouse, and it reminds me of the passage in Matthew of the “city on the hill that cannot be hid.” We can be the light of Christ to people, share with them the gospel and the truths of God's Word, and pray for them to come to the Light, but we cannot force them to do so as it is their choice to either come to the Light, or move further away. It is indeed God's work not ours . . . we simply need to be obedient, and let Him work through us as He wills. And yes, prayer is indeed so important! As the Scriptures say “the effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Thank you again for sharing!

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)